Cornus canadensis seed (Bunchberry)


A gorgeous hardy semi to evergreen ground cover rarely reaching 15cm tall. In mid to late spring, snowy white bracts cup a dark purplish center. Tight cluster of red berries follow in the fall.

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PNW native plant. Some categorize this as a perennial, whereas others deem it a woody. Regardless, this dwarf member of the dogwood genus is a complete charmer. Blooms emerge with new spring growth providing months long visual appeal with white bracts cradling the pale purple flower cluster nestled within.  Red berry clusters form over the summer-fall to provide another depth of beauty.  Leaves are typical dogwood veining but arranged in 4 leaf clover configuration.  Tough as nails. Prefers open forest edges but not deep shade or overly shady spots.  Makes a great ground cover with time.

  • Seed Count: 12-15
  • Collection Date:  Sept  2023
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-10
  • Height and Width: 15cm tall creeper
  • Germination test type: float
  • Family: Cornaceae

How to germinate Cornus canadensis seed

Soak seed 24 hours. Cold stratify 3 months at 4C then give 20C for 3 months to break dormancy. We thinly sow barely covering the seed in pots and don’t decant the plants until their second year when the plants are strong enough to prick out and transplant. Loves being mass planted rather than single specimens.



Additional information

Weight 2 g